The Hollebeek recycling park in Merelbeke is getting a complete makeover. In 2023, new multifunctional buildings, a brand new carnival workshop, a semi-open shed and a new location for the lending service will be built on this site.
The demolition and remediation works will start on Monday 22 August. For safety reasons, the recycling center is obliged to close its doors until Friday 26 August. “However, we limit these closing periods to a strict minimum,” assures recycling park team leader Karien Roelkens. “The contractor is also prepared to work outside the opening hours of the recycling park as much as possible.”
Design and Build Assignment
The total project will cost about 3.3 million euros and is in the hands of Van De Walle Industrial Building Contractor and Goedefroo/Goedefroo architects. Alderman of Patrimony Isabelle Van De Steene: “The project is a so-called Design and Build assignment. This means that there is only one contractor and the design and construction team from day one work very closely together. This way we can monitor everything better and work progress faster.”
Recycling park recycles itself
The recycling park also intends to reuse as many materials as possible. In other words: the recycling park recycles itself. Concrete is broken, pulverized and reused on site as a foundation for the new buildings. And that’s not all. “We have thought very carefully about what we do and don’t want to keep,” says architect Reinout Pieters of Goedefroo+Goedefroo architects. “On the one hand to reduce the cost price and on the other to schedule the works as efficiently as possible. For example, we cluster the buildings and work exclusively with the contours of the existing buildings.”
Break down and build up at the same location
Breaking down and building up in the same place becomes a challenge. “But it would have been even more difficult if we had reorganized the recycling park at a different location,” says project manager Jean-Pierre Canoot of Van De Walle Industrial Building Contractor. “The works will take a year and there will be some difficult periods anyway, but we are convinced that we can overcome those difficulties.”
Halls ready by carnival 2023
The carnival halls will be ready for use by Carnival 2023 and in the autumn of 2023 the individual buildings with the recycling park, the lending service and the rooms for the employees of the recycling park will follow. The semi-open warehouse that serves as storage space for the recycling park and the infrastructure service will be built later. Visitors and carnivalists will certainly feel and see a before and after. The carnival hall will have high gates and passages of at least 6 meters high so that all carnival associations can work smoothly and the hall will have separate access.
Even clearer how and where to deposit waste
The functioning of the recycling park will be fully preserved as people know it now. The paying and non-paying portion will be preserved and the traffic flow on the site will be intertwined. “We also implement small improvements”, infrastructure project leader Frederick Steenhout adds. “It will become even clearer how and where you have to deposit your waste and the screen will be clearer to read at the barrier. In addition, there will be a canopy on the weighbridge so that our colleagues are protected from rain and wind.” The architectural canopy connects the buildings and thus forms the common thread in the design. With this project, the local government of Merelbeke shows that the Hollebeek recycling park is so much more than waste.